Meaning of “callisthenics” in the English Dictionary

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"callisthenics" in English

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callisthenicsnoun [ U, + sing/pl verb ]

UK US calisthenics uk /ˌkæl.ɪsˈθen.ɪks/ us /ˌkæl.ɪsˈθen.ɪks/

Examples from literature

  • Anyway, boys do not care greatly for calisthenics and most drills can be given without these trappings. 
  • But our calisthenics, our general building-up exercises have apparently failed in the physical development of our youth. 
  • For those, then, who do not enjoy calisthenics of any kind, who take very little interest in games and contests, there remain, for exercise, gardening, farming, carpentry, forestry, hunting, fishing, mountain climbing, and other such forms of physical activity. 
  • These calisthenics are similar to that drill in the army. 
  • Through a series of gentle calisthenics invented by her father, combined with breathing exercises, she had developed a body of rarest grace. 

(Definition of “callisthenics” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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